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Developmental Stages

Understanding Where Your Child Is In Life

BIRTH

PEACE

The first year of parenting is filled with stress. During this stage, it's important to find rest and routine to bring peace into your life and your baby's life.

AGE 1

Saying "no"

As your child turns 1, they will become more mobile and get into all kinds of things. This is the age when discipline becomes vital.

AGE 2

express yourself

At 2, your child is able to identify and express wants and needs.

AGE 3

big kid bed

This is around the age where kids transition from cribs to big kid beds. At 3, kids become more assertive and opinonated.

AGE 4

"Why?"

At 4, kids are trying to understand our world. They will ask a lot of questions and follow many of your answers with a "Why?"

GRADE K

independence

Children in kindergarten are fairly self- sufficient. They are beginning the phase
of independence.

GRADE 1

responsibility

This year, kids are spending a good deal of their time away from you, which can be a little scary. However, they are ready for this shift toward independence.

GRADE 2

reading

In 2nd Grade, children will read more independently than they have in any of the previous years.

GRADE 3

Unique

In 3rd Grade, kids begin to see differences between themselves and others, which can lead children to suppress their individuality.

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GRADE 4

friendship

The biggest change in development for 4th graders is the change in friendships.

GRADE 5

Fitting in

This is the year that teasing and gossiping take center stage, and with your child’s desire to “fit in,” it can lead to a compromise of values.

GRADE 6

transition

The 6th Grade Year is an exciting year filled with the transition from childhood to adolescence.

GRADE 7

Who am i?

The 7th grade year is the “Wonder Year,” where your brand new teenager begins to try on identities and discover who they are going to be.

GRADE 8

grown-ish

The 8th grader says “goodbye” to puberty issues and “hello” to the quest for freedom from par- ents and “kiddie” things.

GRADE 9

high school

The 9th grade year signals the beginning of the high school experience and the last stage of the adolescent journey.

GRADE 10

learning to adult

The 10th grader can drive a car, work a job, and is getting dangerously close to adulthood.

GRADE 11

supporting

By the time your teenager reaches the 11th grade year, they are living like a mini-adult. But they still need your guidance.

GRADE 12

not a kid anymore

You have a 12th grader! It is time to finish strong in the adolescent journey.